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by Paula Bernstein
September 9, 2013 12:05 PM
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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (And Film Fans) Need to Read: Kickstarter in Canada, Myths of Crowdfunding and More

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1. Kickstarter Canada: Given that the film world is focused on Toronto this week for The Toronto International Film Festival, it seems like a good time to announce the news that Canadian projects are now welcome on Kickstarter. Canadian projects function just like every other Kickstarter project, with a few small differences, which Kickstarter outlines here. Several dozen Canadian projects launched today. Check them out here.

2. Crowfunding Myths: Speaking of crowdfunding, Indigogo recently published "Top 10 Myths of Crowdfunding," available to download for free here. Indiegogo systematically debunks the myths (including that "it's online panhandling"), pointing on that "you are not passing the hat around -- you are bringing an idea to life." They raise some good points, but they also sugarcoat some of the more challenging aspects of crowdfunding, namely the glut of projects competing for funding.

3. Outdoor TVs: With all of the talk of new ways of experiencing television via 3D TVs and super-sized screens, there has never been discussion about consumer televisions that could withstand outdoor elements. But the new SunBrite TVs Signature Series sets are designed to handle the elements, according to The New York Times. Available in four sizes, from 32 inches to 65 inches, and priced from $1,500 to $7,000, these new sets could revolutionize backyard BBQs. Just imagine the possibilities!

4. Movie Theater of the Future: While we're talking screens and imagining possibilities, take a look at this story by visual artist and guest contributor Andrei Severny in which he imagines the movie theater of the future in which the line between real and fiction becomes blurred and all the world's a screen. It's a thrilling and chilling vision. Don't you think?

5. Walking Dead Class: Bringing zombies to life for...an educational opportunity? Now you can take a free online class related to AMC's "The Walking Dead." The massive open online course (MOOC), entitled "Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC's "Walking Dead," was created by AMC and the University of California, Irving. The course intends to use the show to explore principles of science, psychics, math and health sciences. Interested? Sign up here.

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  • sandy lieberson | September 9, 2013 5:51 PMReply

    Yes Paula...invaluable. i am running my workshops with your info!
    the best that Indiwire has to offer!

  • Paula Bernstein | September 9, 2013 3:59 PMReply

    Thanks so much, Reid. Feel free to send me ideas for stories to include too!

  • Reid Rosefelt | September 9, 2013 3:36 PMReply

    I love these "5 Daily Tech Stories," Paula. Keep 'em coming. I'm always finding out important and useful information I didn't know about.